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Last updated: 30 April, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

Iconic black cabs, scarlet double-decker buses, architectural wonders as train stations, the world’s first underground railway system – London’s transport history is fascinating, even for those without train-spotting tendencies. This surprisingly compelling museum explains how transport development directly influenced the evolution of the city we know today.

There are interactive exhibits (including a tube simulator), original artworks and posters, and the real stars, the collection of heritage vehicles from the 19th and 20th centuries: trains, buses, cabs and more. Plenty of interactive exhibits ensure children will be engaged; the ‘Track it Down’ trail designed by Guardian cartoonist Stephen Appleby helps families to navigate key exhibits.


Price from: £20
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 6+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest Underground station is Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line). There are no guided tours, but there’s plenty of information available as you wander around. Finish with a coffee or drink at the on-site Canteen café/bar, which serves transport-themed cocktails and has 1930s tube-style seating and views over Covent Garden.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week.

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